Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rainy day = Beef Stew!

Thanks to Mama & Papa Q this girl went home Sunday evening after a lovely day of cooking with the family with a car full of yummy goodies!  There was homemade sauce, a baked ziti/lazy lasagna, veggies and all the fixin's for a great beef stew!  My mom and I prepare our stews differently but both are super delicious!  I make mine with Beer and huge/badly diced rustic veggies including peppers, mushrooms and spinach versus her more traditional style.
Beef good! Veggies good! Broth good!!!!
After a quick run to prepare for the Devil's Chase I came home to prepare this wonderful stew.  Please note that I usually reserve such recipes for day's when I have hours to let this cook down. However, since my lovely mama had already prepped everything for me, I needed it cook up the meat and potatoes STAT!

I started out by coating the beef in a bit of flour and searing it in the pan with a TBSP of Coconut Oil.
After the meat had browned nicely, I removed it and added in 1/2 diced yellow onion, 1/2 diced green pepper, 1 small diced red pepper and 1 carton of diced Shitaki mushrooms (roomie caught these this time!)

While those were softening, I sprinkled the pot with salt, pepper, garlic powder, a bit of ginger and ground mustard and a pinch of thyme. Once the veggies were nice and soft I added the beef back to the pot and covered them all in a bottle of Fall goodness......

Happy Veggies!
I also added to the pot one container of Low Sodium Beef Broth (feel free to use chicken, vegetable stock or even water), 2 cups of diced potatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp of tomato paste, a dash of Worcestershire Sauce and about 2 cups of sliced carrots.
Now for the hard part...  WAITING.....  You have to let this pot of goodness heat up, cook down and thicken up!  I did add aprox 1 Tbsp of corn starch to the mix to help thicken it up as well. 

While this cooked down, I enjoyed a Sam Adams beer (haven't you heard one for the pot one for the cook?!)

After a little over an hour, my stomach was taking over and wanted to eat (it was 8pm after all!). 
I came back into the kitchen and found this wonderful concoction simmering away.....

I took out a HUGE soup bowl and filled the bottom of it with about a cup of baby spinach and then ladled on top of it the perfect answer to a cold grey day.  STEW!   

I can say that after a long rainy Monday, I could not have picked a better meal to cozy up with and enjoy while watching the Pats "squish the fish"! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe and make it your own.  I have made this previously with Guinness, Bass Ale or even Red Wine.  Also, it is amazing when you omit the potatoes from the stew, make a big batch of mash potatoes and serve the stew over the mash potato goodness! 

Enjoy & GO PATS!